Walk into the salon as if you were a customer, or better yet, a state board inspector, who will likely visit anyway. Take a look at the place as a whole. The floors, counters, displays and walls must be free of smudges, smears or dust. Look for hair on the floor, especially in the corners, and inspect chairs and booths to make sure they are clean and in good repair. Dirty towels must be placed in a closed container. Clean towels must be stored in a clean cabinet that is fully closed. Look for trash or other debris that can turn off your clients and subject you to fines.
Anything that touches the customer, including brushes, combs, rollers, clippers and nail instruments, can cause disease and infection if not sterilized or sanitized between use. Shampoo bowls must be thoroughly cleaned and sanitized between use. Sterilize drinking cups between use. After each use, clean foot spas, nail clippers and metal cuticle pushers with soap and water, then disinfect them in a covered container filled with a hospital-grade liquid bactericide, fungicide, or virucide disinfectant. Dirty tools must be placed in a container marked “dirty,” and clean tools must be marked as such. Clean counters and surfaces with a disinfectant cleaner and leave it for 10 to 15 minutes, then wipe with a clean cloth. Foot spas must also be cleaned and disinfected at the end of each day, as well as the end of each week, and should be recorded as cleaned in a logbook.
Keep your bathroom clean and free of cleaning supplies, instruments, robes or inventory. Stock the bathroom with paper towels and toilet paper, and ensure there is hand sanitizer and antibacterial soap in stock. Keep toilets, sinks and floors clean. Employees must wash hands before serving a client and between serving clients.
At the end of the work day, the closing staff should have a checklist to go over that covers every area of the salon. Any uncleaned or unsanitized areas should be cleaned and sanitized. After walking through the salon, the staff should sign off on the inspection sheet and leave it for the morning staff or salon owner. Anything that is not up to par must be corrected. Display the checklist in a prominent area of the store to remind employees to be vigilant.